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50-50 Challenge: Chelsea vs. Man City and Frank Lampard's return

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini praised the quality of Frank Lampard after the midfielder scored the winner against Sunderland.

Frank Lampard returns to Chelsea for the first time since leaving them for Manchester City on Saturday as the champions take on Jose Mourinho's men in a crucial clash at Stamford Bridge.

It was rather surreal to see Lampard, clad in sky blue, score against Chelsea for City earlier in the season -- the equaliser in a 1-1 draw that could yet turn out to be pivotal in the title race.

He has netted seven goals for Manuel Pellegrini's men this season, and would you really put it past him adding to that...

 By Rory Smith

Diego Costa will remain controversial -- and indispensable -- for Chelsea

ESPN FC's Fernando Palomo delves deeper into the conundrum that is, Diego Costa following the Chelsea striker's recent charge for violent conduct.
ESPN FC's Fernando Palomo delves deeper into the conundrum that is, Diego Costa following the Chelsea striker's recent charge for violent conduct.
ESPN FC's Fernando Palomo delves deeper into the conundrum that is, Diego Costa following the Chelsea striker's recent charge for violent conduct.
ESPN FC's Fernando Palomo delves deeper into the conundrum that is, Diego Costa following the Chelsea striker's recent charge for violent conduct.

John Terry has a well-worn technique for getting his message across. You see it whenever the Chelsea captain takes to the pitch, but it always seems to stand out more in the sanitised surrounds of the Champions League than in the hurly-burly of domestic competition.

Terry is one of those central defenders who likes to introduce himself to a striker early on. It does not necessarily take the form of a reducer. He is cleverer, subtler than that -- a shoulder charge, or a collision of chests, something...

Chelsea striker Diego Costa to appeal FA charge for Emre Can stamp

Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the English FA in relation to an incident in the second leg of Chelsea's League Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes controlling David Silva is the key for Chelsea to beat Man City on Saturday in their big Premier League clash.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is contesting the Football Association's charge for violent conduct -- a move which has the full support of the club.

The Spain international is facing an immediate three-match ban for his apparent stamp on the Liverpool's Emre Can during Tuesday's Capital One Cup semifinal second leg at Stamford Bridge, which the Blues won 1-0 to progress 2-1 on aggregate.

Costa has until 6 p.m. GMT to respond to the charge of violent conduct, with the panel meeting on Friday to decide...

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Frank Lampard will get 'best reception' on Chelsea return

The ESPN FC panel debate whether the match between Manchester City and Chelsea could be an early title decider.
Big, big, big, big game in the Premier League. The boys report from Stamford Bridge, speak to Frank Lampard and play a game of snakes and ladders ahead of Chelsea's clash with Manchester City.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes controlling David Silva is the key for Chelsea to beat Man City on Saturday in their big Premier League clash.

MANCHESTER -- Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said he expects Frank Lampard to get a great reception when he makes his first return to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

The Chilean believes Lampard, Chelsea's 211-goal record scorer, may also be their most important-ever player. On Saturday, the midfielder goes back to his former club in City's colours.

Lampard was applauded by Chelsea fans in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium in September -- in which he scored City's late equaliser...